Archive for September, 2012

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Administrator Named to United Nations Post

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Administrator Named to United Nations Post

Joan M. Prince is vice chancellor for global inclusion and engagement at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

U.S. Education Department Awards $227.9 Million in Grants to 97 HBCUs

U.S. Education Department Awards $227.9 Million in Grants to 97 HBCUs

The five-year, Strengthening Historically Black College and Universities grants will be used for improving the physical plant at these institutions, strengthening their curriculum and academic resources, or to build endowments.

Robert J. Jones Named President of the University at Albany

Robert J. Jones Named President of the University at Albany

For the past eight years, Dr. Jones has been the senior vice president for academic administration for the University of Minnesota system.

New Study Explores the Impact on Poor Black Women of the High Incarceration Rate of Men

New Study Explores the Impact on Poor Black Women of the High Incarceration Rate of Men

Beth Richie, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, has written a new book focusing on the impact on women in poverty neighborhoods of high incarceration rates among Black men.

Washington University Scholarship Program Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Washington University Scholarship Program Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

The John B. Ervin Scholars Program honors the university’s first African American dean who served from 1968 to 1977.

In Memoriam: Philip Byron Nixon, 1953-2012

In Memoriam: Philip Byron Nixon, 1953-2012

He was assistant vice president of student services at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama.

Four Black Women Named to Prestigious Faculty Posts

Four Black Women Named to Prestigious Faculty Posts

The new appointees are Tracy Sharpley Whiting, Nikky Finney, Tananarive Due, and Anastasia Boles.

Kenoye Eke Is the New Provost at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Kenoye Eke Is the New Provost at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Since 2010 he has served as vice president for institutional advancement at Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Record African American Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

Record African American Enrollments at the University of Kentucky

In a state where Blacks are 8 percent of the population, African Americans make up 11 percent of this year’s entering class.

Research Finds That Blacks Are Less Likely Than Whites to Receive Special Pacemakers

Research Finds That Blacks Are Less Likely Than Whites to Receive Special Pacemakers

For patients who experienced chronic heart failure, Blacks are less likely than Whites to be outfitted with a special pacemaker that has been shown to prolong survival rates and ease symptoms.

University Study Finds Many Blacks in Alabama Lack Access to Eye Care Practitioners

University Study Finds Many Blacks in Alabama Lack Access to Eye Care Practitioners

African Americans in Alabama are twice as likely as Whites to suffer from vision impairment and eye disease, particularly cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore to Hold a Regional Spelling Bee

University of Maryland Eastern Shore to Hold a Regional Spelling Bee

The university is the only HBCU among the 17 colleges and universities that sponsor qualifying events for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Oakwood University Offers Healthy Dining Options

Oakwood University Offers Healthy Dining Options

Oakwood University, the historically Black educational institution in Huntsville, Alabama, claims to operate the only vegetarian/vegan cafeteria at any of the nation’s 105 HBCUs.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Two Scholars Named to Department Chairs at Claflin University

Two Scholars Named to Department Chairs at Claflin University

Robin Dease will chair the department of philosophy and religion and Alvin Staley will lead the department of art.

Tracy Harris to Lead the Leonardtown Campus of the College of Southern Maryland

Tracy Harris to Lead the Leonardtown Campus of the College of Southern Maryland

He has been serving as dean of enrollment services for Prince George’s County Community College.

Freeman Hrabowski to Receive the Heinz Award

Freeman Hrabowski to Receive the Heinz Award

The president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County will be honored for his work to increase the number of Black and other minority students who seek degrees in science and engineering.

Two African Americans Earn Distinguished Honors

Two African Americans Earn Distinguished Honors

Annette Yancy will be honored by the National Academic Advising Association and James Owens will have an award named in his honor at Auburn University.

Seven African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

Seven African Americans Named to Administrative Positions in Higher Education

The new appointees are Carla Boutin-Foster, Chacona W. Johnson, Margaret Stephens, David Fryson, Jame’l Hodges, Ashley Robinson, and George Keith Martin.

In Memoriam: Lindsey Wetherspoon, 1924-2012

In Memoriam: Lindsey Wetherspoon, 1924-2012

He taught for nearly 60 years in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Morgan State Professor Is the First African American President of Pi Sigma Alpha

Morgan State Professor Is the First African American President of Pi Sigma Alpha

Alice Jackson now leads the political science honor society that has 740 chapters across the United States in all 50 states.

Census Bureau Reports a Widening of the Racial Income and Poverty Gaps

Census Bureau Reports a Widening of the Racial Income and Poverty Gaps

In 2011, the average Black household in the United State had an income that was only 58 percent of the average non-Hispanic White household.

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

Online Articles That May Be of Interest to JBHE Readers

From time to time, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education will provide links to online articles that may be of interest to our readers. Here are this week’s selections.

Recent Books That May Be of Interest to African American Scholars

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education regularly publishes a list of new books that may be of interest to our readers. Here are the latest selections.

U.S. News Names Its Top HBCUs

U.S. News Names Its Top HBCUs

The rankings are almost identical to last year’s listing with Spelman, Howard, and Morehouse retaining the top spots.

Georgetown University Study Examines Racial Health Disparity in the Aftermath of Strokes

Georgetown University Study Examines Racial Health Disparity in the Aftermath of Strokes

African Americans who survive an intracranial hemorrhage, a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain, are far more likely to have high blood pressure a year after their stroke than White Americans.

In Memoriam: James L. Hill, 1928-2012

In Memoriam: James L. Hill, 1928-2012

A special assistant to the president of the University of Texas, he was the first African American to serve as a vice president of the university.

Arizona State University Professor Seeks to Advance Engineering Education in Africa

Arizona State University Professor Seeks to Advance Engineering Education in Africa

Over the past 15 years, Arizona State University professor Terry Alford has made 12 trips to Africa to teach two-week engineering seminars at schools and universities.

Former President of University of Maryland Eastern Shore Joins Bowie State University Faculty

Former President of University of Maryland Eastern Shore Joins Bowie State University Faculty

Thelma B. Thompson, who served as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore from 2002 to 2011, has been named to a two-year term as visiting professor of English at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Katina Walton Honored With a National Poetry Award

Katina Walton Honored With a National Poetry Award

A doctoral candidate in reading and literacy at Alabama A&M University, she was honored for her book She Speaks.

Brazil Adopts Racial Quotas in University Admissions

Brazil Adopts Racial Quotas in University Admissions

More than half of Brazil’s population is Black or mixed race. But only a very small percentage of university students in Brazil are Black.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Opens at American University

Center for Diversity and Inclusion Opens at American University

Tiffany Speaks will be the inaugural senior director of the new center which combines three previous campus organizations under one umbrella.

Stanford Sees a Surge in African Studies Students

Stanford Sees a Surge in African Studies Students

The number of students taking African studies courses at Stanford has increased 27 percent over the past eight years.

Five HBCUs Participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative

Five HBCUs Participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative

Alabama State University, Prairie View A&M University, St. Augustine College, Paine College and North Carolina Central University are involved in the UNCF project.

Hazing Problems Continue to Plague HBCUs

Hazing Problems Continue to Plague HBCUs

New allegations have been raised against a dance group at Florida A&M University and the marching band at Clark Atlanta University.